Is the Desktop dying?

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asked Dec 9, 2011 by Tux Penguin (891 points)
Desktops are being replaced by tablets, laptops, mobile phones, etc. What do you think

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answered Dec 9, 2011 by Gorkon5567 (2,491 points)
Doubt it. At worst, they'll become more of a niche market, but too many gamers/content creators swear by desktops for them to die any time in the foreseeable future.
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by Compucore (2,451 points)
I atill like my desktop or towers over here over the tablets. Even though I am considering a tablet or a new laptop over here. Since if I ever need to jump into one of my workstations for something and fire them up I would rather use them than a laptop running all the time. Plus you can have larger hard drive for the regular workstation than on a laptop. Since there is not enough space in a laptop to have the kind of hard drive sizes we have today in the workstations.
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by Angelwork (561 points)
Ya before long they'll be able to squeeze components with desktop power into a laptop body.  Gamers will just use laptops.  That's my prediction anyways.
commented Dec 9, 2011 by Compucore (2,451 points)
What about compiling applications under different programming languages. I still do programming on my desktop over my laptop over here. Because of the keyboard comfort and the extra hard drives that I have inside the desktop. Not to put laptop down they do have their uses. It all depends on what you want to do with a desktop or a laptop.
commented Dec 9, 2011 by xedric14 (941 points)
If they are able to squeeze those components into a laptop body, the situation will still be the same as today: They will be able to SQUEEZE MORE inside a desktop than a laptop. even if that laptop is 100x faster than today's desktop, the future desktop will still be up to 10x faster than the future laptop. LOL
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by James161324 (151 points)
I think you see desktop die out, but i don't think it will be for 5+ years. For the common consumer yes. The problem is is, laptops can not have the same hardware, can not offer the same productivity. To my knowledge there is no way to run more than 1 external monitor with a laptop. And for alot of content designs, investors etc. You need 2-3 atleast.
commented Dec 9, 2011 by xedric14 (941 points)
I'm thinking of a 3 layer laptop.

the kind where you Unfold like A box, and have 2 or more monitors and a Keyboard. HAHA why not? right?
commented Dec 9, 2011 by James161324 (151 points)
Until tech can make screens that are mm thick i doubt we will see anything like that. beats the purpose of having a laptop.
commented Dec 9, 2011 by xedric14 (941 points)
I think we will. 10 years time is not too long right? with today's technology that's improving "exponentially" maybe that could be possible..
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by xedric14 (941 points)
Don't think so. A desktop will always be a great workstation. Sure YOUR DESKTOP might be dying if you don't upgrade to the LATEST, or Buy the latest Hardwares. and though less and less people needs a Desktop nowadays, A desktop still stands as one of the best set-up for building a High-powered computing machine for whatever purpose it may serve the individual.

Desktop is not in demand. but definitely not dying.
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by HerpDerp (2,116 points)
The cheap desktop may be dying, but certainly not the mainstream and high end ones, especially custom builds. I don't think that the desktop will die out until we can fit desktop hardware into laptops. (Or maybe desktop hardware that's the same size as laptop hardware but with the desktop power.)
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by GilOsborne (586 points)
i think so. i think in like 10 years people will look at desktops the way we look at the cell phones in the big case that was mounted in your car back in the day.
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answered Dec 9, 2011 by Jan Cauchi (436 points)
I hope not... at least for now.
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answered Dec 10, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
I think a lot of people talk about how the desktop is customizable, but what I would like to see happen is a conformity in laptop parts so that a large range of upgrade optioms are available in the laptop form factor. Like, if I wanted to replace my HP laptop's keyboard with one the same size, but maybe backlit, that would be awesome. Or if I could remove the video card and replace it with a better version.

I think if these types of things come to be common, yes indeed I think the desktop will start to see a decline. I can take my laptop and hook an external keyboard or mouse to it, but to tell you the truth in no way do I miss my desktop machine.
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